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SATA1, SATA2..? I'm confused... :\

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So.. I know I have a SATA compatibl mobo.. BUT.. when I look in various online stores, I see two different kinds of SATA drives..

Are they in fact different? and how many drives can I use with my 400W PSU?
Can I use 3 IDE drives plus a DVD burner? (currently using 2 IDE's and 1CD burner plus my DVD burner)

Help a confused n00b with little or less hd space please

**EDIT: if different.. how do I know which I'm compatible with? >_>;
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SATA1 has a maximum throughput of 1.5 GB/s while SATA2 has double that - 3 GB/s. SATA2 is is the term most commonly associated with the doubled throughput although originally SATA2 was something that was different than the SATA we think of today so it is also marketed as SATA 3.0 Gb/s.

If your mobo is SATA 3.0 Gb/s compatible, then you should be able to run both SATA1.5 and SATA 3.0 Gb/s HDs. This shouldn't be a huge concern since HDs are barely fully saturating IDE bandwidth execpt for some bursts here and there. There are very little real world benefits in SATA 3.0 Gb/s drives.
    
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Thanks. I'll just email ECS and ask what type I can use, unless SATA 3GB/s is something that's very very new I think I can use it.

Repz0rz!

Oh.. they don't have email
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